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City awarded sewer grant for new hospital

Vote to terminate head of water department fails
By Bonnie L. Jackson

The Hazlehurst Board of Aldermen made one major funding announcement and one major personnel decision during their monthly meeting on Tuesday, June  3.
“The City of Hazlehurst’s application for Economic Development funds through the Community Development Block Grant program in the amount of $570,000 on behalf of Hardy Wilson Memorial Hospital has been approved by the Mississippi Development Authority,” stated the letter from Governor Phil Bryant.
The letter further stated that the City of Hazlehurst has demonstrated its commitment to addressing the community development needs of Mississippi.
The City has four months to complete the Environmental Clearance requirement in order for the contract to be fulfilled.
In an executive session related to personnel, Olen Bryant, City Attorney, stated that a motion to terminate the employment of the water superintendent failed. The vote was two yea, two nay and one abstained.
Llyod Hilliard is the Water Superintendent for the City of Hazlehurst.  
The city leaders would not comment further on the specifics citing that it is illegal to comment beyond the statement provided by the attorney.
Other Business
The board approved tax exempt status to Action Properties for rehabbing work done on the old Wal-Mart location. For a four year period including 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, $4,358.47 will be applied to the taxes for 2013.
The board approved hiring two part-time lifeguards to use when needed.
The board approved the following  claims General Funds in the amount of $116,887.34; Parks for $4,423.66; City Library Commission in the amount of $4,300.75 and the Water Department in the amount of $82,235.54 for a total of  $207,847.29.
The board adjourned until July 8, 2014 at 6 p.m.

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